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Should Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

Lee Kay

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 2.5%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Chemung Financial in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Chemung Financial

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:CHMG Historical Dividend Yield August 29th 18

How does Chemung Financial fare?

Chemung Financial has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 59.2%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. CHMG has increased its DPS from $1 to $1.04 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Relative to peers, Chemung Financial has a yield of 2.5%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Chemung Financial is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CHMG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CHMG’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CHMG worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CHMG is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.